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Posted: Sunday, December 26, 2010 8:00 am

A new exhibition, The World of Sea Shells: Jewels of the Ocean, opens at the Reading Public Museum on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011 and continues through Sunday, June 5, 2011.

The exhibition features a spectacular array of sea shells from a private collection, combined with specimens from the museum's own permanent collection. The collection will feature a wide range of colors, variety of sizes, and assortment of shapes of these shells from around the world.

An Opening Celebration titled "Life's a Beach" will be held on Friday, Jan. 28, from 5:30 - 8 p.m. Details will be available on the museum website,">

Hundreds of specimens will be on display exhibiting a variety of forms — from the very common to the very rare. Deadly cone shells from the South Pacific, the prized golden cowry, conchs and tritons, scallops, nautilus, and fresh water shells from the late 1800s are some of the items that will comprise the exhibit.

The exhibition also examines the life habits of the creatures that carry these shells. Learn how camouflage, shape, and strength of the shell are life and death matters when faced with varying elements.

Discover which shells provide edible contents, and which are used for art and commerce. Visitors can find out the incredible stories behind some unique shells, and enjoy a fascinating blend of science and art.

The Reading Public Museum is located at 500 Museum Road, Reading. Hours are Tuesday - Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 to 5 p.m. Admission to the Museum is: $8 adults (18-59), $6 children/seniors/students (w/ID) and free to Members and children three years old and under.

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